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Ephesus Byzantine palace

Ephesus Byzantine palace

A Byzantine palace from the fifth to sixth centuries CE is located in the middle of a field north of Ephesus. Excavations of this very complicated structure were completed in 1955 and 1956.

On the west side, a large hail occupied the front side of the structure. Both ends of the hail had apses. This was probably a hail for purposes of relaxation. Two individual buildings belonging to the complex stood near the Street to the east. The southemmost had an octagonal hail in its çenter, with semi-circular niches. Columns stood in the interior corners. The interior design received a great deal of emphasis. In the west and the east, entrances led off to smaller apsidal rooms.

The floorplan of the northern building is also very complex. It seems to have been a tepidarium with a Central vault. East of this were a few small rooms.This palace reflects the apex of the Byzantine period, in the fifth to sixth centuries CE.